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Here in Atlanta there was a local right wing talk show host, eventually nationally syndicated and now retired and, I always remember, my exact same age who used to bluster that he said what everybody else was thinking but was afraid to say nasty, mean spirited comments about others, of course Alexander McCall Smith is his diametric opposite He also says what others think and are afraid to say, but, in his case, kind things, though no less true and sharp Just think, which words are most likely to have changed your life, the nastiest insults Or the kind observations For example You can tell her to shut up, Mma Charlie said That is very good All the In this addition to the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series set in Botswana Mma Makutski plans her long awaited wedding to Phuti Radiphuti while Mma Ramotswe handles a difficult case Mma Ramotswe, the detective agency owner, is approached by Mr Botsalo Moeti, a cattle farmer who reports that two of his cows were purposely maimed Mr Moeti doesn t want to contact the police and asks Mma Ramotswe to investigate The detective drives to the client s farm and finds a fairly common situation Mr Moeti bullies his servants and pays them poorly Further inquiries reveal that the client is a difficult man who quarrels with his neighbor about fences and wandering cattle So there are plenty of suspects for the cow injuries.
As the case proceeds Mma Ramotswe acquires troubling information and, not sure what to do, consults The Principles of Private Detection by Clovis Anderson This is the book th fourth read Still love this series It s reliably great third read Third read, and still great I just love this series If you ever want a smile, try these books I highly recommend the audio performances by Lisette Lecat She is unmatched She turns a really good book into something truly spectacular I can t praise her or this series highly enough second read I m running out of things to say about this series I ve read this book now twice in the same calendar year I could be perfectly happy to be reading one of the books in this series all the time They are wonderful and they get better with each read and as the series progresses How many series can you honestly say that about First read Alexander McCall Smith is a treasure It s as simple as that I love this series so much For me, they are the perfect comfort read, because they re not sickeningly sweet o Wonderful Like a warm tasty comforting free meal on a cold night Some surprising developments in the case of Charlie the apprentice who finds out that he has twins to support, until Precious Ramotswe discovers that perhaps he is not the father after all Precious finally gets her tiny white van back and Grace Makutsi marries Phuti Radiphuti in style after Mma Potokwani invites herself to the wedding and takes over preparations Much simple wisdom and funny situations and talk, but the book is so relaxing despite everything Therin lies the true genius of Alexander McCall Smith He can write well, he can create beauty, but he is perhaps the only author I have read who can give his reader a sense of peace, comfort and relaxation book after book after book His characters are realistic and subtle neither overdone nor underdone His I sit here, sipping a steaming mug of African red bush tea, wondering how to convey to you why I feel about Alexander McCall Smith, in general, and this book, in particular, as I do.
Here in Atlanta there was a local right wing talk show host, eventually nationally syndicated and now retired and, I always remember, my exact same age who used to bluster that he said what everybody else was thinking but was afraid to say nasty, mean spirited comments about others, of course Alexander McCall Smith is his diametric opposite He also says what others think and are afraid to say, but, in his case, kind things, though no less true and sharp Just think, which words are most likely to have changed your life, the nastiest insults Or the kind observations For example You can tell her to shut up, Mma Charlie said That is very good All the In this addition to the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series set in Botswana Mma Makutski plans her long awaited wedding to Phuti Radiphuti while Mma Ramotswe handles a difficult case Mma Ramotswe, the detective agency owner, is approached by Mr Botsalo Moeti, a cattle farmer who reports that two of his cows were purposely maimed Mr Moeti doesn t want to contact the police and asks Mma Ramotswe to investigate The detective drives to the client s farm and finds a fairly common situation Mr Moeti bullies his servants and pays them poorly Further inquiries reveal that the client is a difficult man who quarrels with his neighbor about fences and wandering cattle So there are plenty of suspects for the cow injuries.
As the case proceeds Mma Ramotswe acquires troubling information and, not sure what to do, consults The Principles of Private Detection by Clovis Anderson This is the book th fourth read Still love this series It s reliably great third read Third read, and still great I just love this series If you ever want a smile, try these books I highly recommend the audio performances by Lisette Lecat She is unmatched She turns a really good book into something truly spectacular I can t praise her or this series highly enough second read I m running out of things to say about this series I ve read this book now twice in the same calendar year I could be perfectly happy to be reading one of the books in this series all the time They are wonderful and they get better with each read and as the series progresses How many series can you honestly say that about First read Alexander McCall Smith is a treasure It s as simple as that I love this series so much For me, they are the perfect comfort read, because they re not sickeningly sweet o In the 12th volume of this delightful series, Botswana s most renowned lady detective looks into a mysterious event on a farmer s land Cattle have been slashed Who would do such a thing Of course Precious Ramotswe and her able, if somewhat shoe addled assistant, Grace Makutsi, are on the case, and you know they will get to the bottom of it, by and by.
In the meantime, Grace is eagerly planning for her upcoming wedding This entails getting the finest possible shoes If you have read any of the prior books, you know that Makutsi and shoes have a magical relationship and you absolutely must smile when she converses with them Girl crazy Charlie, seemingly permanent apprentice to Precious s mechanic husband, may be the father of twins He does not respond well to the news Like the 56 T Bird in American Graffiti, Taking her old shoes out of the box into which Paticia had tucked them, she slipped them back on her feet and continued on her way to the Tlokweng Road One or two people had witnessed the tragedy, or at least had seen part of it a young man passing by, a boy on a bicycle, an old man standing in the shade of a tree But they had only seen a woman racing after a white van and then stumbling they had seen her bend down and change her footwear before walking off towards the main road So might we fail to see the real sadness that lies behind the acts of others so might we look at one of our fellow men going about his business and not know of the sorrow that he is feeling, the effort that he is making, the things he has lost This paragraph from page 92 of The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party perfectly illustrates what I love abou At A Remote Cattle Post South Of Gaborone Two Cows Have Been Killed, And Precious Ramotswe, Botswana S No Lady Detective, Is Hired By Fearful Client, Himself A Suspect She And Secretary Grace Makutsi, Wooed By Phuti Radiphuti, Both See Her Old White Van Mr JLB Matekoni S Apprentice Runs Away Under Pressure To Wed Violet Sephotho Runs For The Botswana Parliament Alexander McCall Smith s No.
1 Ladies Detective Agency series is one of my favorite series This installment is probably the best of the twelve books so far In this book, Precious Ramotswe thinks at one point she would always take the time to drink tea, to look at the sky, and to talk What else was there to do Make money Why Did money bring any greater happiness than that furnished by a well made cup of red bush tea and a moment or two with a good friend She thought not p 198 This is one of my favorite themes, that living simply yields riches of truth and beauty and wisdom and value I love that she spends time looking at the progress of light and shadow, and the growth of natural things in her garden both mornings and evenings.
I love that in Join Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, for the weeks that elapse in this charming tale of life in Botswana, and you may emerge with fresh perspective on life Mma Ramotswe the prefix is a title akin to Ms and those who surround her live their lives in a slow and steady way that would be familiar to village based people everywhere but alien to those of us who populate the world s fast paced urban centers Mma Ramotswe s Botswana is a nation displaced from the passage of time as we experience it Botswana today is one of the world s fastest growing nations, an efficiently governed country that has raised its GDP per capital from 70 in 1966, when it gained independence from Britain, to 14,800 in 2010 There is no hint of this dynamism in The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, which harkens back to an This one was way too repetitive if you ve read others in the series Everyone does what you expect them to do and nothing they haven t done before One of the side stories fizzles out into absolutely nothing almost as if the author forgot he had started that particular thread and the main mystery comes to an undramatic but still a bit disturbing closure Most others in the series that I have read so far are better choices.



Taking her old shoes out of the box into which Paticia had tucked them, she slipped them back on her feet and continued on her way to the Tlokweng Road One or two people had witnessed the tragedy, or at least had seen part of it a young man passing by, a boy on a bicycle, an old man standing in the shade of a tree But they had only seen a woman racing after a white van and then stumbling they had seen her bend down and change her footwear before walking off towards the main road So might we fail to see the real sadness that lies behind the acts of others so might we look at one of our fellow men going about his business and not know of the sorrow that he is feeling, the effort that he is making, the things he has lost This paragraph from page 92 of The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party perfectly illustrates what I love abou In the 12th volume of this delightful series, Botswana s most renowned lady detective looks into a mysterious event on a farmer s land Cattle have been slashed Who would do such a thing Of course Precious Ramotswe and her able, if somewhat shoe addled assistant, Grace Makutsi, are on the case, and you know they will get to the bottom of it, by and by.
In the meantime, Grace is eagerly planning for her upcoming wedding This entails getting the finest possible shoes If you have read any of the prior books, you know that Makutsi and shoes have a magical relationship and you absolutely must smile when she converses with them Girl crazy Charlie, seemingly permanent apprentice to Precious s mechanic husband, may be the father of twins He does not respond well to the news Like the 56 T Bird in American Graffiti, Alexander McCall Smith s No.
1 Ladies Detective Agency series is one of my favorite series This installment is probably the best of the twelve books so far In this book, Precious Ramotswe thinks at one point she would always take the time to drink tea, to look at the sky, and to talk What else was there to do Make money Why Did money bring any greater happiness than that furnished by a well made cup of red bush tea and a moment or two with a good friend She thought not p 198 This is one of my favorite themes, that living simply yields riches of truth and beauty and wisdom and value I love that she spends time looking at the progress of light and shadow, and the growth of natural things in her garden both mornings and evenings.
I love that in Join Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, for the weeks that elapse in this charming tale of life in Botswana, and you may emerge with fresh perspective on life Mma Ramotswe the prefix is a title akin to Ms and those who surround her live their lives in a slow and steady way that would be familiar to village based people everywhere but alien to those of us who populate the world s fast paced urban centers Mma Ramotswe s Botswana is a nation displaced from the passage of time as we experience it Botswana today is one of the world s fastest growing nations, an efficiently governed country that has raised its GDP per capital from 70 in 1966, when it gained independence from Britain, to 14,800 in 2010 There is no hint of this dynamism in The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, which harkens back to an This one was way too repetitive if you ve read others in the series Everyone does what you expect them to do and nothing they haven t done before One of the side stories fizzles out into absolutely nothing almost as if the author forgot he had started that particular thread and the main mystery comes to an undramatic but still a bit disturbing closure Most others in the series that I have read so far are better choices.

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